— Through a recently launched campaign called Enough is Enough, AARP Illinois is encouraging state residents to demand that their elected officials come up with a plan to balance the state budget. For two years, the state has operated with a stopgap budget, leading to a 2017 deficit estimated to run between $5.6 billion and $7.2 billion. In addition, the state faces $13.2 billion in unpaid bills from previous years. The legislative impasse over the budget has stymied services, adversely affecting …

—   On Tuesday, July 20th, AARP Illinois along with WCBU: Peoria Public Radio and NPR Illinois will host an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Peoria, Illinois. The forum will be held at Peoria City Hall, located at 419 Fulton Street from 6pm-7:30pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/pastduepeoria or call, toll-free, 1-877-926-8300 State Budget: Past Due Peoria event is the 4th of an 11 part series allowing Illinois residents who …

— The Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner will now have to now work through June on a budget solution — with no certainty that they will pass by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The Speaker, Governor and members of the Illinois General Assembly continue, after two years and three legislative sessions, to put partisan politics and their upcoming re-election chances ahead of the well-being of Illinois and people who live here. AARP Illinois is urging everyone to …

— Wednesday, May 17th, AARP Illinois along with Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois hosted an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Champaign, Illinois.  The 2nd of an 11 part series allows Illinois residents who have been directly impacted to discuss the burden the lack of a balanced budget has placed on their community. The forum held at the iHotel and Conference Center included AARP State President Rosanna Marquez; former Illinois governor Jim …

— Thursday, April 27th, Approximately 150 Illinois attended the first AARP Illinois-NPR Illinois town hall on the state budget forum entitled: State Budget: Past Due.  This event held at the Wyndham: Springfield Center is a key component of our Enough is Enough campaign. With nearly $10 billion in deficit and $14 billion in unpaid bills, millions of Illinoisans of all ages have lost critical services and all Illinoisans now face burdens as the crisis worsens. Illinois needs a comprehensive budget solution …

— AARP Illinois Enough is Enough advocacy campaign is in full swing, and on Thursday, April 27th, we will host along with NPR Illinois our first Town Hall Forum – in Springfield.  Our mission is to put pressure on elected officials to come up with plans that once and for all fix Illinois’ prolonged fiscal crisis. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo was interviewed today by Sean Crawford, News Director for NPR Illinois and the interview is being played across the entire NPR …

— Enough is Enough! Illinois needs long term budgetary and fiscal solutions that work for everybody and your State Representative needs to be accountable to you on what his/her solution is for a balanced budget and to pay the state’s overdue bills. Sign AARP Illinois on-line petition action.aarp.org/EnoughisEnough or call our toll free hotline at 844-226-1190 and make your voice heard. Have you or your loved ones lost services you need because the Legislature and the Governor cannot agree on a balanced …

— For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. The impact of this impasse has been felt across the state: from college students to working families and from older residents to social service providers – every population group has been affected by increasingly depleted services. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Chicago TV station: WCIU-“You & Me This Morning” raising significant awareness about AARP Illinois ‘Enough …

— Moving forward with our Enough is Enough campaign mobilizing citizens across Illinois and encouraging them to hold elected officials – the Governor and the members of the General Assembly – accountable for the gridlock and demand they find long-term solutions and pass a budget that restores the fiscal health of our state.  AARP’s Illinois own Ryan Gruenenfelder was interviewed by the Illinois News Connection for the audio piece linked below. Ryan conveyed our key campaign messages right at the time …

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …